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The Writing’s on the Wall: ‘City as Canvas’ at the Museum of the City of New York

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The Writing’s on the Wall: ‘City as Canvas’ at the Museum of the City of New York

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Exhibitions at the Museum of the City of New York celebrate the city’s distinctive charm — City as Canvas is no exception.

City as Canvas opened on Tuesday February 7, featuring the late Martin Wong’s collection of graffiti and street art. From ink to aerosol, Wong’s collection contains more than 150 works from diverse players such as Lee Quiñones, Chris “Daze” Ellis, Martha Cooper and Lady Pink.

Undeniably, the vibrantly colorful canvases found in Wong’s collection are testimony to graffiti’s movement as a growing art form. What’s more, the exhibit emphasizes the historical nature of the collection as it reflects on the state of New Yorkers facing the financial instability of the 1970s and ’80s.

Out from the subway tracks to mainstream comes City as Canvas, open through August 24.

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